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Looking for a dinner place that we can just walk-in too on a Wednesday night 7ish for a group of 4 peeps in their early 30's with good food and pleasant ambience (not stuffy) near Hudson St. cor West 11th (plus/minus 10 blocks). We are open to all cuisine as long as the food is good. our budget is around 50 bucks per person including wine. Some places that we have been to recently and liked are August and the Spotted Pig. We liked Wallse and Alfama as well but, there just a tad too expensive. Please recommend your favorite dish as well! Thanks.

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  1. Tavern on Jane is good. Hudson and w 12th i believe.

    1. Da Andrea, it fits your criteria for great food and works within your budget. Should not be a problem to walk in on a weeknight. It is on Hudson, between Perry and 11th, around the corner from Spotted Pig. I love their gnocchi but you will do fine with any of their pastas. If you can't get in there, and have a craving for Italian, Valdino West is a great back up option only a block north.

      1. I'll second the Valdino West rec and also offer Cafe Asean on 10th near 6th Ave. The food is a mix of Southeast Asian cuisine (like Malaysian, Vietnamese and Thai) and I've always really liked my meals there. It's a low key kind of place and your budget will definitely cover their prices. Should be pretty easy to get a table on a Weds.

          1. Jarnac is a small French bistro that should suit your needs. Agave on 7th Ave. South, though busy, is quiet enough and provides excellent southwestern food. For sushi try Tora on 7th Ave. south below Bleecker. Les Deux Gamins is another option on W. 10th St. near 7th Ave.

            1. Piadina on 10th between 5th and 6th
              Cozy and perfect when the weather is like this
              Garganelli with proscuitto, beef capacio
              Cash only though :(

              1. Valdino West. Was just there last night and it never fails. I love their brodetto (seafood stew) in winter, and their gnocci osso bucco is amazing as well. The place is warm and cozy; great ambiance and service.

                Da Andrea's food is good but that place is just too brightly lit to qualify as cozy. Also, it's ALWAYS jammed with people and will most likely require a wait for 4, and the art is atrocious. Just pray you don't get seated next to the painting of the chubby kids in a hot air balloon. Shudder.

                The Place is great. Also, Crispo. Tavern on Jane (Jane and 8th Ave) is cute but the food's mediocre, unless you're getting burgers, which are good there.

                1. Chez Jacqueline, very warm and inviting Provençale bistro on Macdougal b/w Houston and Bleecker. I believe they have a fireplace, too. We stumbled upon it ourselves trying to get out of the cold and loved it. Great merguez, pissaladiere, brandade and venison. And you can do fine with $50. We had a light supper for $15 each (without wine).